General Conference Session

The meeting (held quinquennially) of delegates representing the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. The first session, at which the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was organized, was held in Battle Creek, Michigan, May 20–23, 1863. Twenty delegates were in attendance—four from the state of New York, two from Ohio, 10 from Michigan (eight ministers and two laypersons), one from Wisconsin, two from Iowa, and one from Minnesota. Of the conferences then in existence, only the Vermont Conference was not represented. Committees on constitution, credentials, and nominations were duly appointed, and the constitution of the General Conference was adopted. It consisted of nine articles setting forth the usual features of organization and provided for representation from the cons...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.